This past weekend I attended the CA State Surplus Auction and won 2 laptops. One for a friend and one for my parents. All are elderly and have very little computer experience. Before the auction I talked with the CA state tech who makes the computers ready for auction. He said the laptops have a Windows 98 prompt and are ready to load whatever OS I want to use. He said that Win XP is free from Microsoft. Then recommended I go to the internet and burn Win XP Service Pack 3 to CD. He said it's easy to install, I could do it myself. Now my friends call me when they have computer issue's but I am no way an expert, just have over 10+ years of computer user experience and I know how to use my brain. So I found the file on Microsoft's web site and burned it to a CD.
I haven't done anything beyond that, basically because I don't want to mess something up. I don't to cause anything that will cost extra $$$ to fix because I did something wrong. Oh the pressure!
I'd like to start with the Lenovo because it seems easier. When I turn it on it quickly brings up a black screen with Microsoft ® Windows 98 copyright 1981-1998
I believe this is called the C Prompt? The tech guy said I would see this and to just put in the CD and let it do it's thing. Is that really all there is to it?
Thanks so much for any advice you can give.